Sunday's elections in Myanmar mark the end of the beginning of a time of fundamental change for that nation's democratic activists. No longer confined to the margins, some organizations are wondering there's still a rationale for their existence.
As Hong Kong chafes under increased pressure from the mainland Chinese government, a city that was once viewed as apolitical and commercially oriented has found its political voice. Over the weekend, there was a huge protest and the Chinese government is worried about it spreading to mainland citizens.
India's agricultural sector, which employs about half of the country's population, depends on the annual monsoon rains for its very existence. Without it, the crops won't grow, people won't eat, won't have money -- won't survive.
In Hong Kong, for the first time, more people identify themselves as Hong Kongers, rather than Chinese. It's a feeling that's at the center of growing discontent between Hong Kong residents and native Chinese.
Officials and advocates say that Europe and the United States should use the seemingly successful Myanmar elections as a reason to justify a broad rollback of the sanctions that have been levied against the southeast Asian nation for decades.
UNESCO lists nearly 200 of India's 900 languages as endangered. Others are dying fast as the county continues its rapid development. A team of researchers are working to catalog what's left of them before they disappear completely.
Australia has thousands of refugees clamoring for asylum every year. In a bid to get a handle on the problem, the country has decided to setup refugee processing centers on small, Pacific islands where the refugees will remain until a decision is made on their status.